Pacific Park’s First Condo Tower Gets Glassy on Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights [Photos]

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Window installation is under way at Greenland Forest City Partners’ 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, the first condo tower to break ground in the massive 17-building Pacific Park/Atlantic Yards development. While the modular units at Pacific Park’s first rental tower, 461 Dean Street, continue their stacking, 550 Vanderbilt has topped out and surpassed the halfway mark for facade installation.

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Northwest corner from Atlantic Avenue.

Designed by COOKFOX Architects, the tower’s facade embraces the firm’s signature principles of biophilia with large windows that provide ample daylighting and expansive Brooklyn views. Flowering planters at the tower’s window sills will connect residents with nature. Since January’s update, window installation has surpassed the halfway mark, with planters to follow later.

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Southwest corner from Dean Street.

The tower’s upper half is clad in chamfered precast concrete panels fabricated in Toronto and transported to the site on flatbed trucks. Once onsite, the full-floor panels can be installed quickly in much the same way as glass curtain wall panels.

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Looking up at the south facade from Dean Street.

At the lower half of the tower, the majority of the facade is clad in precast brick panels that tie the building to the low-rise brick structures in the surrounding neighborhood.

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Southeast corner from Vanderbilt Avenue.

Inside, the tower holds 278 condo units, ranging from studios to four bedrooms including two-story residences, maisonettes, and penthouses. Residences will feature high end touches like Carrara marble countertops, Grohe fixtures, and Miele appliances.

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Looking up at the southeast corner.

A large assortment of amenities will serve residents and are planned with the biophilic principles found throughout the tower. A ground floor library overlooks the eight acre park to the west, providing residents with a connection to nature as the backdrop for the space.

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Looking up at the north facade.

The eighth floor outdoor terrace at the tower’s lower, southern region will feature a dining alcove, outdoor kitchen, and communal garden with the city skyline beyond.

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Looking up at the west facade.

Greenland Forest City Partners is constructing 15 buildings in the project, including 550 Vanderbilt. Forest City, which developed Barclays Center, is building the modular tower at 461 Dean Street, which bring the total building count to 17.

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Looking west from the penthouse.

More than 10 years in the making, Pacific Park is the largest mega-project in Brooklyn.

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Looking west towards the other Pacific Park towers under construction.

Condo sales at 550 Vanderbilt started last year, and construction is expected to wrap this year.

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Looking west towards Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan from the penthouse terrace.

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Precast concrete facade panels await installation.

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Detail of the precast concrete panels and windows.

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Detail of the precast concrete panels and windows.

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Corner detail of the brick precast panel facade.

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Detail of the precast brick facade panels.

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Corner unit under construction.

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Looking west from the eighth floor residential terrace.

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Inside the double height lobby under construction.

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Vanderbilt Avenue entrance canopy under construction.

For more by Field Condition, a photo blog covering new developments across the five boroughs, visit Field Condition.

[Photos by Field Condition]

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